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Center for Immigration Studies
May 29, 2019

Closing the Loop on 'Defective NTAs' Further explaining the importance of Ortiz-Santiago
By Andrew R. Arthur

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the average removal case has been pending for 726 days, meaning that just short of two years have passed from the time the NTA in that average case was filed with the immigration court to the present. Put another way, the average NTA in a currently pending removal case was filed sometime in May 2017. As I noted in that May 23 post, "almost 100 percent of the NTAs issued" between 2015 and 2018 "omitted the time and date of the proceedings." Through April 2019, according to TRAC, there were 892,517 cases pending before the approximately 420 immigration judges in the nation's 63 immigration courts. Not all of those cases have been pending for almost two years, of course: some of them were recently filed, and some of them have been pending for more than five years. That said, however, there are a large number of NTAs that were filed as far back as May 2017, and others that were filed at any point between 2015 and 2018.

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